just adopted a cherry head conure that has plucked - now training problem

by charlotte darby
(peterborough ont )

we just brought home a cherry head conure that has been plucking a lot he was in a cage way to small since we moved him to a cage that is the right size for him he has not been plucking but we can not go near him he bites and hard if he is out of his cage he well come and sit on are shoulder but you can not turn your head or move fast or you well get bite trying to get him to know he is safe any one have any ideas on what else we can do to bring him around

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Jul 26, 2012
From Conure owner to Conure Owner
by: Morales329

I had a conure once that was vicious to no end. It did come around eventually. Change and possible neglect from their past owners can do a job on a bird, you are inheriting the hurt and problems but with time your bird will come around. Dont' let it go on your shoulder and control you, you have to set some boundaries. Work and patience. Give it a treat so that it will connect your hands with loving care. A toy, a treat, etc, don't move fast or put your hand over the bird at all, dont try to touch the back or come behind it. That is a NO NO. My bird loves attention now and lets me do whatever I want to it as far as petting but from time to time if I come unexpected from behind or someone decides to pet the back , she WILL BITE and BITE HARD with a GROWL. This is a bird that loves people, gives kisses, playful, funny , talking and what have you, so imagine your bird that is not even close to that! Trust takes time. Soon enough your bird will come around. Ours did.

Jul 26, 2012
just adopted a cherry head conure that has plucked - now training problem
by: Linda

Before any taming or training, your bird has to be examined by an Avian Vet ONLY. There is a link on site for help in finding one, and you can also look in phone book or talk to other vets in the area for a recommendation.

The reason an exam by an Avian Vet is the first step here is that a lot of birds who have had less than quality lives have various infections or other physical issues that need to be addressed before any dieary changes or training. Both dietary changes and taming and training are very stressful and can result in the death of your bird if he happens to have an infection of some kind.

It also sounds as if he was neglected to some degree or he would already be tame. As Tracie said, keep all birds off your shoulders because they are exotic wild animals, and being that close to your face is more than dangerous. All birds can and do bite all their lives, and there is no good reason to put your face, eyes, mouth in danger of attack.

Let us know what avian vet has to say and take him to an avian vet only as they are the only ones licensed and trained in the care of birds and other exotic animals.

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Jul 25, 2012
Conure biting and needs training
by: Tracie

Don't let the bird sit on your shoulder, at least not until the bird is fully trained.

Please read the parrot training articles at this Parrot Training page link. You will need to first develop a relationship of trust and respect. While you are spending time with the bird doing this, you will learn what it loves and what it hates. You use these things to train with positive reinforcement.

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